How were YOU supported by your employer?
Please submit your story below about how you were supported to breastfeed by your employer, or how this support made all the difference for you.
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Submissions will become part of a bank of real-life stories documenting the many ways that "everyone can help make breastfeeding easier." Stories will be compiled and displayed at the bottom of this page in real time—you can choose below to remain anonymous, if desired. The stories will call attention to the need for support now, while also creating a resource for future breastfeeding advocacy efforts.
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|37||Sun May 29 23:06:44 EDT 2011||Arleen White||Miami, FL||Hi I must I enjoy breastfeeding my daughter only because I know it was the right thing to and the best thing for her. I am a mother of eight I nursesd all except on I pumped for about six months he was More....|
|36||Sat May 28 21:50:49 EDT 2011||Anonymous||Marathon, FL||Employer provided private room to express milk. Provided leave to drop of milk to my son. Authorized telecommuting to allow me to takecare of my son in shifts in coordination w/ my husband's employer. More....|
|35||Sat May 28 20:51:46 EDT 2011||Anonymous||Madison , CT||I was very lucky that although my office does not have a "mother" room, I had a manager and team members who supported me taking 3 breaks a day to pump. I was able to use a conference room where I hung More....|
|34||Sat May 28 17:39:10 EDT 2011||Anonymous||South Portland, ME||Upon returning to work after the birth of my daughter I was concerned how to keep up with my busy schedule as a clinical assistant and still be able to pump enough breast milk to continue exclusively breastfeeding More....|
|33||Sat May 28 13:55:46 EDT 2011||Anonymous||Cuyahoga Falls, OH||202 -->201I was supported by my employer to have 15 minute breaks to pump whenever I needed. I had a private bathroom with an outlet, chair and sink...all I needed to provide my daughter milk when I was at work.|
|32||Sat May 28 13:27:15 EDT 2011||Jennifer Vermeer||Sterling, NE||I work as an independent insurance agent and my father-in-law is my boss. He made it very easy for me to pump at work. Since I worked at an office by myself, I was able to lock the door and have privacy More....|
|31||Mon May 23 15:56:36 EDT 2011||Anonymous||Tucson, AZ||I'm a freelancer and was nervous about how my work would be effected when I had my daughter. I telecommute for the most part but just started working for a local company when my daughter was born. They More....|
|30||Mon May 23 12:55:46 EDT 2011||Jazmin Torres||Corpus Christi, TX||My employer has a breastfeeding department called Mom's Place. This place allows me and other breastfeeding mothers to pump breastmilk while we are at work. The place offers multiple rooms for privacy, More....|
|29||Fri May 20 23:26:38 EDT 2011||Anonymous||Lake Forest, CA||When I had to return to work after my second child was born, I was so nervous. I remember returning to work after my first child was the beginning of the end of breastfeeding. I was scared I would lose More....|
|28||Fri May 20 13:37:02 EDT 2011||Allison Walters||Bear, DE||After returning to work full-time when my daughter was 12 weeks old, I used my breast-pump three times each day to express milk for my daughter. II am fortunate to have a private office and access to More....|
|27||Thu May 19 21:53:24 EDT 2011||Jen Nimon-Toki||Portland, OR||I work at an language services company and I feel so lucky to have such supportive employers. I was able to bring both of my children to work with me while they were still newborns so I could bond and More....|
|26||Thu May 19 15:53:34 EDT 2011||Michelle Paradise||East Greenbush, NY||I returned to work and my employer had graciously permitted a room to be used solely for pumping. Coworkers were so sweet and had decorated the walls with pictures of baby animals and various motherly More....|
|25||Thu May 19 10:28:22 EDT 2011||Susan Bigler||West Chester, PA||I was able to successfully breastfeed my son for a full year thanks in part to the support received from my employer once I returned to work. Before I left for maternity leave, I spoke with our benefits More....|
|24||Thu May 19 09:16:37 EDT 2011||Jamie Rogers||Sutton, VT||At 14 months we are still going strong at night and on weekends! I credit my employer with allowing me to pump as often as i needed and when I needed to, not on any specific schedule. I had a great More....|
|23||Wed May 18 14:45:58 EDT 2011||Melissa Robles||Fresno, CA||I work for a WIC agency, and as everyone knows the WIC program is all about breastfeeding. Before working for WIC, I had never even thought about breastfeeding or to even see if I was ever breastfed. I More....|
|22||Wed May 18 14:45:33 EDT 2011||Liz King||Centre Hall, PA||Prior to having my son in 2010, I changed jobs so I didn't have to travel any more for work. With the job change came and office change, and I went from an office with a door to a cubicle and no privacy. More....|
|21||Wed May 18 10:12:47 EDT 2011||Sage Oliva||Rohnert Park, CA||When I was first hired by my current employer, one of my top concerns was where I would be able to pump for my baby. Fortunately, another mom in the office was already doing it and had a system in place. More....|
|20||Tue May 17 17:01:00 EDT 2011||Anonymous||madison, WI||I am lucky enough to work at a company that is paving the way in making breastfeeding easier for new moms. To set an example in our community, my employer has established an "Infant to Work" program that More....|
|19||Tue May 17 14:02:17 EDT 2011||Jennifer Gerard||N Richland Hills, TX||1. I work full time as a Lactation Consultant and my co-workers are awesome! They are so supportive of my breastfeeding and pumping. They truly spoil me by reminding me to pump, encouraging water and snacks, More....|
|18||Tue May 17 13:55:55 EDT 2011||Jamie Grant||Havertown, PA||Ironically, I found out I was pregnant just days before a job interview. After receiving the job offer, I met with my future boss and disclosed that I had just recently learned I was expecting. Given More....|
|17||Mon May 16 17:02:47 EDT 2011||Anonymous||Bronx, NY||My employer has been very supportive of my choice to breastfeed, so much so that for my shower gift, they bought me my pump that I now use everyday at work. I use our school nurse's office, which has More....|
|16||Mon May 16 13:48:29 EDT 2011||stephanie garrett||westland, MI||I work for the Monroe County (MI) WIC program. My direct supervisor was so supportive of me breastfeeding. The entire staff was also encouraging on a daily basis. My supervisor facilitated the More....|
|15||Mon May 16 13:16:44 EDT 2011||Danielle Caldwell||Flagstaff, AZ||I am a working Mom. When I got pregnant with my first daughter I was worried about breastfeeding and returning to work. Fortunately my employer has a breastfeeding policy that states that a breastfeeding More....|
|14||Mon May 16 12:27:02 EDT 2011||Anonymous||Pittsburgh, PA||My company isn't necessarily known for being particularly progressive with work-life balance, so I wasn't sure what I was in for with needing to pump after returning from my 8-week maternity leave. Needless More....|
|13||Mon May 16 12:13:08 EDT 2011||Naomi Barry-Perez||WASHINGTON, DC||I am a Federal employee at the U.S. Department of Labor. We are fortunate to have a great daycare in the building. Two weeks after returning from maternity leave, a new Director was appointed to our More....|